Prevention of Adverse Drug Events to be Highlighted in Patient Safety Webinar

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Adverse drug events and their effect on healthcare quality and patient safety will be discussed in the next webinar of the Partnership for Patients-National Priorities Partnership (NPP) Patient Safety Webinar Series.

Adverse drug events and their effect on healthcare quality and patient safety will be discussed in the next webinar of the Partnership for Patients-National Priorities Partnership (NPP) Patient Safety Webinar Series. The webinar, “Preventing Adverse Drug Events,” will bring together key thought leaders from across the healthcare spectrum to discuss the role of adverse drug events in patient safety and highlight best practices and success stories of adverse event reduction.

As part of an ongoing series hosted by NPP—which is convened by the National Quality Forum—and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the interactive webinar will take place on July 19 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET. Advance registration for the event is recommended and is now available online (

In its report To Err Is Human, the Institute of Medicine estimated that 7,000 deaths in the United States each year are due to preventable medication errors. The “Preventing Adverse Drug Events” webinar will address safe medication practices and strategies to prevent adverse drug events. Speaker Michael Cohen, MS, ScD, RPh, president, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, along with panelists Steven Meisel, PharmD, director of patient safety, Fairview Health Services; David Bates, MD, MSc, chief quality officer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Robert Galvin, MD, MBA, chief executive officer, Equity Healthcare, The Blackstone Group; and moderator Bernie Rosof, MD, chair, Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement , National Priorities Partnership (NPP) co-chair, will provide examples of successes in local communities around the country.

Participants will be able to interact with the panelists through live chat, and web polling questions will provide real-time information about work currently under way in patient care communities to identify and reduce adverse drug events within their organizations.

In early 2011, NPP published a set of Compact Action Briefs that offer information about opportunities to reduce cost and improve patient health. “Preventing Medication Errors: A $21 Billion Opportunity” ( addresses the issue of adverse drug events, outlining solutions and drivers for change that, when applied, can help to reduce occurrences of medication errors. Potential solutions for preventing medication errors outlined in the brief include reconciling medications, enhancing technology interventions, and improving care coordination—a topic recently covered in the Patient Safety Webinar series. The “Preventing Adverse Drug Events” webinar will continue to promote this focus by providing examples of public-private partnerships working collaboratively to achieve results.

Additional upcoming webinar topics will include:

  •     Infections in the Intensive Care Units —August 3 at 2 p.m. ET

o    Speaker: Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  •     Surgical Site Infections—August 16 at 1 p.m. ET

o    Speaker: Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, Chair of Surgical Quality Alliance, Louisiana State University, NPP Partner

  •     Pressure Ulcers and Injuries from FallsSeptember 9 at 1 p.m. ET

o    Speaker: Mary Tinetti, MD, Director, Program on Aging, Yale University School of Medicine

  •     Obstetrical Adverse Events—September 28 at 1 p.m. ET

o    Speaker: Maureen Corry, MPH, Executive Director, Childbirth Connections
o    Speaker: Kathleen Simpson, PhD, FAAN, Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center

  •     Venous Thromboembolism—October 5 at 1 p.m. ET

o    Speaker: Bill Geerts, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, Chair, American College of Chest Physicians Guidelines on Prevention of VTE

Archived webinars include:


With each of these sessions, national experts will present effective solutions and an expert “reactor” panel including a front-line provider and other stakeholders who will contribute to the follow-up discussion of how to realize these solutions nationally. The webinar series will be available for audio streaming free of charge. Space is limited, and advance registration is recommended to ensure real-time participation. All webinars will be recorded, archived, and made available on NQF’s website after each event.

Learn more about this webinar series and register for the third event ( . To learn more about the Partnership for Patients pledge, please visit its website( Learn about other activities and programs at NQF to enhance patient safety (

The National Priorities Partnership, convened by the National Quality Forum, is a multi-stakeholder group including organizations representing the interests of consumers, purchasers, healthcare providers and professionals, state-based associations, community collaborative and regional alliances, government agencies, health plans, accreditation and certification bodies, and supplier and industry groups. To learn more, please visit:


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